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It’s always great when a bride takes a risk and it turns out beautifully.

Image courtesy of Simply Bloom Photography via Style Me Pretty

AND, the bride is selling the dress (which has chic white buttons down the back) to any takers!

When picking an officiant, especially when you don’t belong to a church, many couples turn to their family and friends.  But what most people don’t do is think of their mom.  Usually the obvious choice would be a Dad or Grandfather, maybe even a close friend.  But why not have your mom perform the ceremony?

That’s what happened here.  That lady there on the left side of the photo is the groom’s mom.  And look at how happy she is!

Photo courtesy of Andy & Angie Wood

For any of you black and white brides out there, one of you should wear this dress.


Love the modern, sculpted bodice, and how chic this overall look is.

This would also be good for any of you winter brides.

PLUS, this dress is only $245.  That’s a steal if you ask me…

In lieu of a wedding cake, why not serve an array of pies?!

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I think this idea is great, especially if you and your significant other are not big cake fans.  And, you can serve several different flavors/options to keep all of your guests happy.  Your guests will walk away remembering that tasteful element of your wedding!

Remember to include the things you like in your wedding – even if that means opting for wedding pies over a cake!

Although, I somewhat cringe at the sight of kelly green (I can’t help it, they were my high school colors).  I really love the freshness of this table set up and the palette.

The green with the stark white really pops – which is great. The last thing a bride would want is for her decor to fade out with the table linens. Plus this is a great case of “all you can get are white linens, how do you incorporate color?”

Images courtesy of In the Now Weddings via Brooklyn Bride

Back in mid-October, Colorado-based photographer, James Christianson flew out to Cape Girardeau, MO to shoot the wedding of fellow Colorado photographer, Laura Dombrowski.  Oddly enough, I had flown out to Colorado that same weekend to visit with a good friend (who happens to be James’ intern).  Laura is from Missouri, but attend school in Denver and stayed (Yes, I’m very jealous).  James recently posted shots from her wedding (which are gorgeous).  Also sprinkled in this beautiful post of pictures are some shots from Michelle Huesgen of Untamed Heart Photography, who was James‘ second shooter, and a friend of the bride. And, note – this is one picture-heavy post. Enjoy!!

I’m pretty sure that dress is the Romona Keveza I had my eye on for a long time. Love the one shoulder look and the LOVE the ruffles.

The bride and groom opted to do their first look with no one around (which I highly recommend – it gives you two some alone time).

I absolutely love that Laura’s bouquet was a pomander of billy balls!

And, how gorgeous was their ceremony location? It was on a golf course in Cape, and guests were driven out to the hole by golf carts (adorable)!

And, let me just plug the fact that I loved that these two walked down the aisle with both of their parents. Such a great idea.

And, if you’re wondering (because I probably would), Laura is the creator of these fun save the dates!

Thanks to James Christianson and Michelle Huesgen for their gorgeous photos!

Check out this fun idea for your guests:


It’s a kissing mirror!

 The couple had a table set up next to the mirror with instructions:

1. Choose your favorite shade

2. Pucker up for good luck

3. Give us your autograph

Images courtesy of Sara K. Chen via The Wedding Chicks

Such a creative way to get your guests involved, and you have a crazy mirror to hang in your place after the wedding!

I’m always looking for something fun and innovative when it comes to weddings.  In particular, I love finding little pieces of a wedding that make the entire event very thoughtful.

Images courtesy of Hardcuore

This very creative invitation idea was printed on vellum.  Both pieces contain much of the same information. However, each one contains a few details that don’t make sense without placing them together. Love the idea.

Only wish they were printed on recycled vellum (if there is such a thing).

The Pilot (Fiance – he requested I give him a better nickname than “FI”) and I are off to the wedding of his cousin Shannon.

They originally planned to get married two weeks after us, but Jeff ships out for basic training in January, so they had to rearrange their schedules.  I’m amazed at how quickly they have managed to get everything sorted out, including booking the church, reception hall and Shannon finding a dress!

I will actually be a photographer for their wedding, so I am thoroughly looking forward to being a part of their special day.

Congrats to you both, Jeff and Shannon! Wishing you lots of love and laughter in the years to come!

LOVE these night shots from Hoffer Photography.  You don’t see many of these that often!

What a fantastic way to play with the light!

Images courtesy of Hoffer Photography